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For Immediate Release November 14, 2016

National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrates more than 50 years of practice by these exceptional health care providers. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are expert clinicians with advanced education and clinical experience who provide primary, acute and specialty health care using a high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered approach.

In the United States, there are approximately 222,000 nurse practitioners, and each year, another 20,000 NP students will graduate.

At present, 21 nurse practitioners are providing care in 10 practices of University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), providing a full range of services for UM Shore Regional Health patients. These services  include ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, such as lab work and x-rays; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, such as diabetes and injuries; prescribing medications and other treatments; managing patients' overall care; and education and counseling with an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices.

“We take a holistic and collaborative approach to patient care that involves listening to our patients and their families, then creating an individualized medical treatment plan to optimize healing, wellness and function while considering the unique needs of each patient,” comments Lisa Jeffers, CRNP, CWS of UM CMG -- Wound Care.

NPs must have a master’s degree in order to practice and many have doctoral degrees, such as a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). They are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs,

The nurse practitioners serving UM Shore Regional Health are: Behavioral Health -- Jill Burgholzer; Cardiology -- Patricia Lancaster and Clare Ross; Diabetes & Endocrinology -- Anna Antwi and Bobbi Atkinson: Family Medicine -- Brittany Cutler, Lisa Hall, Marcia Reynolds and Shirley Seward; Neurology -- Penny Boyle, Trisha Lemay and Rahel Alemu; Cancer -- Michele Williams; Pain Management -- Diana Gail Shorter; Palliative Care -- Sharon Stagg; Pediatrics -- Ellen Spurry Christ and Marilyn Gall; Women’s Health -- Jennifer Dyott, Dale Jafari, Michell Jordan and Brittany Krautheim; and Wound Care -- Lisa Jeffers.

Additional information about services provided by Nurse Practitioners at UM CMG can be found at

On hand to celebrate National Nurse Practitioner’s Week were 12 of the 23 UM CMG nurse practitioners who provide care for patients of UM Shore Regional Health: Doris Allen, Anna Antwi and Wendy Towers. Middle row: Bobbi Atkinson, Gail Shorter, Dale Jafari, Michele Williams and Brittany Cutler. Back row: Sharon Stagg, Brittany Krautheim, Penny Boyle and Lisa Jeffers.